"This month marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty," writes Paul Ryan in the WSJ. "But despite trillions of dollars in spending, 47M Americans still live in poverty."
The government needs to take a deep look at the problem, Ryan says. "It needs to dump decades-old programs and give poor families more flexibility. It needs to let communities...develop their own solutions. And it needs to remember that the best anti-poverty program is economic growth."
Ryan lays out some ideas to reduce poverty, including simplifying welfare payments and getting people who rely on it to work. Another proposal is to subsidize corporate job-training programs, while in education, teachers should have more control and parents more choice.